With summer vacation plans on the horizon, kiddie pools and hours spent assisting with the construction of sand castles can sound like a nightmare reminiscent of the spring and winter past. Perhaps this is the year you take a well-deserved vacation, free of tears and sibling rivalries. Whether you’re daring to bare it all with a nude scuba diving excursion, or simply seeking some downtime and a relaxing jet lag massage, check out some properties that understand adults deserve a little playtime too:
W Minneapolis / Minneapolis, Minnesota
W Minneapolis - The Foshay occupies the original Foshay Tower - Minnesota’s first skyscraper- and welcomes guests with an art deco-inspired entrance that features original design elements from the roaring 1920’s. Just behind the hotel’s the welcome desk, an original mailbox from the Great Gatsby era beckons guests with the opening slightly ajar. An envelope inside contains an invite to an exclusive #WInsiderExperience — complimentary cocktails at the speakeasy-style Prohibition bar located on the hotel’s the 27th floor, where guests can enjoy sweeping city views in a sexy, sultry setting. Fun fact: Prohibition was originally designed to be the private pied-à-terre of the building infamous develop Wilbur Foshay.
Hedonism II / Negril, Jamaica
Jamaica’s famous clothing-optional resort, Hedonism II, is not your average getaway. This adults-only, all-inclusive beachfront property serves as a judgement-free haven where guests can feel comfortable letting go and pursuing pleasure. Hedonism fosters a sensual carefree atmosphere that encourages you to bring your fantasies to life. Skinny dipping is allowed here, in fact, it’s encouraged! Jamaica’s clear turquoise waters offer an unforgettable aquatic playground. Explore a whole new underwater world with nude scuba diving and snorkeling excursions available. All tapped out? Refuel with the delicious, fresh baked Jamaican patties or schedule a relaxing massage on the beach.
Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa / Arenal, Costa Rica
Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa is a secluded sanctuary spread across 900 acres of lush natural reserve near the base of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano, with thermals springs and waterfalls naturally heated by the volcano’s magma. Closest to the volcano where temperatures are hottest, guests can unwind in the adults-only Shangri-La Gardens. Amid layers of trees and exotic tropical flora, the gardens feature six natural pools, plush daybeds, cocoon-shaped cabanas, and a full bar. Cascading waterfalls, stone Buddha sculptures, and the whimsical sounds of surrounding local wildlife make it the perfect place to relax with a cocktail in hand.
San Juan Marriott / San Juan, Puerto Rico
Located in the trendy neighborhood of Condado, in a prime location between the beach and the historic city of Old San Juan, the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino features a bustling 24-hour casino (one of the few, yet liveliest on the island) offering Caribbean stud poker, blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat and more than four hundred slot machines. Want to test your luck, but not sure how? No worries, San Juan Marriott has your back. This summer, the resort is launching exclusive blackjack lessons, complete with a complementary cocktail, snacks, and some casino tokens to start off your winning streak. Best part about these lessons is that they will take place outdoors overlooking the pool and the beach so you won’t have to miss out on San Juan’s endless summer atmosphere and stunning tropical views while learning to play.
Renaissance Tuscany ll Ciocco Resort & Spa / Barga, Italy
Perched on a hill overlooking the Serchio Valley, one of the most undiscovered areas of Italy and about an hour outside of Florence and Pisa, guests can enjoy the Renaissance Tuscany ll Ciocco Resort & spa’s ultimate Culinary Experience. This exclusive experience offers an opportunity for guests the chance to cook side by side with one of the resort’s chefs for an authentic taste of Italy. Travelers will begin their culinary experience with a trip to a local food market and hand pick their favorite fresh ingredients. Then it’s time to get your hands dirty so grab your apron, which is provided by the property, and head to the kitchen for an unforgettable cooking experience, complete with local wine. Finally once the hard work is done, travelers will enjoy their three-course meal outdoors on a private veranda overlooking the mountainous region. Buon appetite!
Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis / Minneapolis, Minnesota
Located in the heart of a city known as the art capital of the Midwest, Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis immerses guests in Minneapolis' art scene from the moment they walk through the door. In addition to an on-property gallery and an interactive ‘art-o’mat’ in the lobby (a repurposed cigarette vending machine that dispenses colorful artifacts donated by artists from around the world), the hotel just launched an Art Room that inspires travelers to get creative with supplies such as colored pencils, watercolor paints, charcoals sketch pads, easels and more. The Art Room is complimentary for hotel guests and a great place to meet like-minded travelers with a penchant for art.
JW Marriott El Convento Cusco / Cusco, Peru
Scratch a major, bucket-list destination off your list - Peru. Check in at the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco and explore this ancient city through its renown cuisine. Let one of our resident chefs guide you on a one-on-one tour through Cusco’s bustling San Pedro Market - a culture seeker’s paradise - followed by a mixology class where you’ll master Peru’s signature cocktail, the Pisco Sour. Learn how to personalize your Pisco Sours with macerated varieties of pisco like passionfruit, ají picante — a hot chili pepper — or the hotel’s signature drink, the Camote Sour made with juiced sweet potatoes. Not only will you leave with lasting memories, but also with a pretty useful party skill that’s sure to impress friends back home.
You don’t necessarily have to be a parent to value a vacation without potentially rowdy children. While family time is important, these properties get that “grown-up time” is much needed. An adult-focused vacation is the perfect way to relax and reset this summer, after all, you’ve certainly earned it.